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Department of Athletics Records (WUA00057)

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Athletic Association Records [Men's] (1902 - 1946) (arranged alphabeticaly)

Women's Athletics Department and Women's Athletics Alumni Association Records, 1930s - circa 1980s (alphabetical)

Washington University Uniforms, Memorabilia, and Publicity

Athletic Department Records, 1970s - present



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Collection Overview

Title: Department of Athletics Records (WUA00057), 1891-2016Add to your cart.

ID: WUA/01/wua00057

Primary Creator: Department of Athletics - Washington University in St. Louis

Extent: 18.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

This collection is divided into four series as follows:

Series 01 Athletic Association Records [Men’s], 1902 - 1946 (alphabetically)

Series 02 Women’s Athletics Department and Women’s Athletics Alumni Association Records, 1930s - circa 1980s (alphabetically)

Series 03 Washington University Uniforms, Memorabilia, and Publicity (by size)

Series 04 Athletic Department Records, 1891 - 1989 (alphabteically)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, minutes, programs, student lists, uniforms, scrapbooks, and other information compiled by various coaches and members of the Washington University Athletic Department and its predecessor departments.

Collection Historical Note

Washington University has a long and rich tradition of athletic achievement in men’s and women’s sports.  As of 2003 WUSTL fielded 18 varsity sports teams, and numerous intramural and club sports.

The Washington University Athletic Association, begun in 1884, sponsored intramural matches until 1890 when the first intercollegiate football match took place between the University ‘Varsity and the University of Missouri Tigers.  After that successful Thanksgiving Day game Washington University entered into talks with Missouri and helped start the first state-wide Inter-Collegiate division, modeled on the Eastern league.  Other early men’s sports included handball, track, hockey, and an attempt at crew (rowing).  Football remained the largest focus for men’s sports until 1946 when Chancellor Compton embraced an amateur-only policy for athletics.  

For University women organized sports began in 1907, with first tennis and then basketball teams.  In the spring of 1911 the Women’s Athletic Association (WAA) was formed.  By 1918 women fielded interclass tennis, hockey, basketball, baseball, indoor track, swimming events.  In 1948 the WAA became the Women’s Recreational Association (WRA), and intercollegiate play was replaced with all intramural teams from sororities and academic classes.  In the 1970s women returned to varsity level teams.  In 1972 Carol Weston and two other women joined the previously all male varsity tennis team, and in 1974 Elli Richardson was the first women at WUSTL to run on the men’s cross-country team.

Administrative Information

Repository: WUA University Archives

Accruals: Accruals are interfiled.

Access Restrictions: Open

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection must read and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the Materials Use Policies.

Providing access to materials does not constitute permission to publish or otherwise authorize use. All publication not covered by fair use or other exceptions is restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder, which may or may not be Washington University.

If you wish to publish or license Special Collections materials, please contact Special Collections to inquire about copyright status at (314) 935-5495 or spec@wumail.wustl.edu. (Publish means quotation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.)

Acquisition Method: This material was transferred to the University Archives by the Athletic Department in circa 1968 and circa 1995, and by Gertrude Knelleken and Lynn Imergoot in circa 1990s. Additional material was transferred to the University Archives in 2012.

Related Materials:

Two 16mm films of women’s athletics (including the WU Mermaids Synchronized Swimming team), donated by Lynn Imergoot, are held by University Archives.  Numerous other films of various athletic events are also held by University Archives.  Access is based on condition of items.

See also the Sports Information Files, available at University Archives.

Preferred Citation: [Item description]. From the [collection title, series, box, folder]. University Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Processing Information: Processed by Andrew Lin in November 2009.  Finding aid updated by Meg Tuomala in April 2012. Added acquisitions were processed and the finding aid updated by Jen Kirmer in June 2015. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in February 2017.

Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was entered into Archon by Bianca Lopez in June 2012, updated by Meg Tuomala in April 2012, and updated by Jen Kirmer in June 2015. Updated by Sarah Schnuriger in February 2017.


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[Series 1: Athletic Association Records [Men's] (1902 - 1946) (arranged alphabeticaly)],
[Series 2: Women's Athletics Department and Women's Athletics Alumni Association Records, 1930s - circa 1980s (alphabetical)],
[Series 3: Washington University Uniforms, Memorabilia, and Publicity],
[Series 4: Athletic Department Records, 1970s - present],
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Series 4: Athletic Department Records, 1970s - presentAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Athletic Club Press Releases, 1971-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Athletic Department Press Releases and Statistics, 1969-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Athletic Department Press Releases and Statistics, 1972-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Athletic Department Press Releases and Statistics, 1974-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Athletic Department Records, 1891-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Athletic Department Records (Reproductions)Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Athletic Association Records [Men's] (1902 - 1946) (arranged alphabeticaly)],
[Series 2: Women's Athletics Department and Women's Athletics Alumni Association Records, 1930s - circa 1980s (alphabetical)],
[Series 3: Washington University Uniforms, Memorabilia, and Publicity],
[Series 4: Athletic Department Records, 1970s - present],
[All]


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